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Extra resources for Anoles, Basilisks, and Water Dragons (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals)1997
Fly strike (blowfly myiasis) Blowflies are attracted to any damp, soiled areas, and will lay their eggs; in warm, damp conditions these will rapidly hatch into larvae (maggots) in 24 hours. A prime site is the perineum, particularly in overweight rabbits 40 Chapter 4 which may have a pouch of skin which remains constantly soiled. Similarly at risk are elderly or disabled rabbits that are unable to clean themselves properly. The larvae burrow under the skin, secreting a chemical similar to local anaesthetic as they go, and the rabbit may be unaware of their presence.
The rabbit's diet should be improved to contain higher fibre (hay and plant fibre) to reduce the incidence of `sticky bottom syndrome'. Rabbits with a pouch of skin around the perineum may benefit from a perineal skin fold reduction. If the rabbit's vent area needs to be cleaned regularly it is better to use a skin cleaner which will soften the faeces such as Nolvosan Otic (Willows Francis Veterinary) (contains chlorhexidine), rather than get the whole bottom of the rabbit wet. Shaving the area regularly will help keep the area from becoming soiled.
The abscess cavity can be packed with an amorphous hydrogel dressing containing glycol and a modified CHC polymer (Intrasite, Smith and Nephew) which will encourage the dissolution of necrotic tissue and promote healing; alternatively it can be packed with calcium hydroxide. Long-term antibiosis is required if the abscess is unable to be completely removed. ) given at a dose of 30 mg/kg every 3 days, or enrofloxacin (Baytril, Bayer plc) given in the drinking water at a dilution of 100 mg/litre, or orally at a dose of 10 mg/kg daily.
Anoles, Basilisks, and Water Dragons (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals)1997 by Richard Bartlett, Patricia Bartlett